Acker, Gila

Curriculum Vitae

Professor and Chair
Social Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2613
Office Location: AC-3A11B
gacker@york.cuny.edu

Education

Degree Institution Field Dates
DSW  Adelphi University  Social Work  1997 
certificate  The Long Island Institute for Mental Health  Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy  1992 
MSW  Fordham University  Social Work  1984 
BS  Haifa University, Israel  Social Work  1978 

Dr. Acker is Professor of Social Work and the Chairperson of the Social Sciences Department.  She teaches social research and generalist social work practice courses.  Her research interests include: Burnout among mental health care providers, role stress, social support, social workers' attitudes toward managed care, and role expectations of social work students.  She is certified as a Psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapist by the Long Island Institute for Mental Health.   

Areas of Expertise

Occupational stress - burnout
Mental health
Managed care
Role expectations of social work students
Psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Acker, G. M. "The impact of clients’ mental illness on social workers’ job satisfaction and burnout." Health & Social Work. 24(2) 1999: 112-119.

Acker, G. M. "Role conflict and Ambiguity: Do they predict burnout among mental health service providers?." Journal of Social Work in Mental Health. 1(3) 2003: 63-80.

Acker, G. M. "Role expectations of social work students." The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. 10(1) 2004: 95-104.

Acker, G.M. "The effect of organizational conditions (role conflict, role ambiguity, opportunities for professional development and social support) on job satisfaction and intention to leave among social workers in mental health care." Community Mental Health Journal. 40(1) 2004: 65-74.

Acker, G. M. "An examination of the relationships between workers and agencies characteristics and three outcome variables: Burnout, role stress and intent to quit." American Journal of psychiatric rehabilitation. 11(4) 2008: 295 - 309.

Acker, G. M.& Lawrence, D.S. "Social work and managed care: Measuring competence, burnout, and role stress of workers providing mental health services in a managed care era." Journal of Social Work. 9(3) 2009: 269-283.

Acker, G. M. "The challenges in providing services to clients with mental illness: Managed care,burnout and somatic symptoms among social workers." Community Mental Health Journal. 46(6) 2010: 591-600.

Acker, G. M. "How social workers cope with managed care." Administration in Social Work. 34(5) 2010: 405-422.

Acker, G. M. "The influence of managed care on job-related attitudes of social workers." Social Work in Mental Health. 8(2) 2010: 174-189.

Acker, G. M. "Burnout among mental health care providers." Journal of Social Work. 12(5) 2012: 475-490.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Acker, G. M. "The impact of accent on college students’ perceptions and evaluations of professors." Journal of Communications Media Studies. Date of acceptance: March 3, 2012: 16.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" The impact of accent on college students' perceptions and evaluations of professors " 2011, February: The 40th Annual meeting of SCCR 7th Annual Meeting of SASci 2nd Annual Meeting of ACCIG, Charleston, SC.

" The challenges in providing services to clients with mental illness in a managed care environment " 2010, July: The 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Dublin, Ireland..

" Functioning modalities of social workers in medical care system " 2009, July: National Conference on Community Psychiatry, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

" Cultural differences and attitudes of social workers toward managed care " 2009, February: The 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Reseach, Las Vegas, NV..

" Socio-demographic characteristics of mental health workers & burnout " 2008, February: The 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, New Orleans, LA.

" The impact of managed care on social workers " 2007, May: Conference for the Profession, sponsored by Yeshiva University, Wurzwiler school of Social Work, NY, New York.

" Role expectations of social workers as predictors of the quality of mental health services " 2006, December: The Fifth International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Hong Kong, China..

" Occupational stress among mental health care providers: The impact of working with persons with severe mental illness " 2005, January: Society of Social Work and Research, Miami, Florida.

" Social work students' expectations about working with clients with severe mental illness " 2004, May: The Fourth International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Quebec, Canada.

" The process of Burnout among mental health care providers in mental health agencies " 2004, February: The Seventh Annual CUNY Conference in Science and Engineering.

" Preparing social work students for case management activities " 2003, May: Guest speaker at the Seventh Annual New York State Case Management Coalition Conference, Albany, NY.

" The effect of organizational conditions (role conflict, role ambiguity, opportunities for professional development and social support) on job satisfaction and intention to leave among social workers in mental health care " 2003, January: Society of Social Work and Research, Washington, DC..

" Role expectations of social work students " 2002, November: Annual Conference of the New York State Social Work Education Association.

" Burnout among social workers in mental health settings " 2002, March: Guest speaker at Adelphi University, School of Social Work, Garden City, New York.

" Role conflict and ambiguity: Do they predict burnout? " 2002, January: Society of Social Work Research, San Diego, Ca..

" Research on burnout " 2000, November: MARC seminar, York College of CUNY, NY.

" The impact of clients’ mental illness on social workers’ job satisfaction and burnout " 1999, January: Society of Social Work and Research, Austin, Texas.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

An award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to recruitment of potential social work majors, from the Department of Enrollment Management and Student Development at York College: 2002.

CUNY Faculty Publications Program, program for the design and execution of a scholarly publication: 2002.

York College Technology Fee. Online/Hybrid Course Development Program: Summer, 2009.

Grants-In-Aid

York College President’s Incentive Award for Faculty Sponsored Research, Post-Doctoral research training program for Social Sciences faculty. 2001-2002: $3000.

York College President’s Incentive Award for Faculty Sponsored Research, Role conflict and ambiguity: Do they predict burnout among mental health care providers?. 2000-2001: $1,400.

PSC-CUNY 32 - City University of New York, Role conflict and ambiguity: Do they predict burnout among mental health care providers?. 2001-2002: $3,578.

PSC-CUNY 33 - City University of New York, Role expectations among social work students. 2002-2003: $4,215.

York College, Faculty Development, Role expectations among social work students. 2002-2003: $3000.

NIH/MBRS, The process of burnout among mental health service providers. 2002-2004: $85,450.

PSC-CUNY 37 - City University of New York, Role stress, coping, and emotional exhaustion. 2006 -2007: $4,212.

PSC-CUNY 40 - City University of New York, Attitudes of social work students toward working with older adults. 2009 -2010: $2,989.

York College - Title III, Students’ perceptions and evaluations of York College professors: Does ethnic background, nationality, and accent matter?. 2009 -2010: $3000.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Committee Member, Mental Health Committee OMH/NASW Westchester County, NY: 2002-2003.

Program Committee Member, 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural research, Las Vegas, NV: 2008-2009.

Journal of Social Work (peer - review journal). Reviewer: 2008-Present.

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Acker, Gila
Professor
Social Sciences